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Santa Fe Trail Association – Calendar of Events
To submit an event for consideration on this calendar of events, please visit the following link:

To find events being held at the National Park sites along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, please visit the following links:
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site--  
Fort Larned National Historic Site -- 
Fort Union National Monument -- 
Pecos National Historic Park --

~2021 Events~

Throughout 2021:  Enjoy the Santa Fe Trail Association

Throughout 2021:  The Dodge City/Ft. Dodge/Cimarron Chapter will publish weekly digital posts about the markers located in Ford & Gray Counties, KS.  Posts can be found @santafetrail1821 or on Pinterest at:

January 1 – June 30, 2021: Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association Photo Contest. Entry information and rules at  For more information: Linda Colle, Phone: 620-241-8719, Email:

February 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021:  Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association 200th Passport Activity (for McPherson, Rice & Barton Counties in Kansas).  Pick up the “Passport Book” at your local museum or print one out online at    Once you visit all the sites and collect the stamps, visit one of the following museums -- the McPherson Museum in McPherson, KS, the Coronado Quivira Museum in Lyons, KS or the Barton County Historical Museum in Great Bend, KS -- to have your book verified and enter the drawing for the Grand Prize of $200.  For more information: Linda Colle, Phone: 620-241-8719, Email:  

EXHIBIT:  Buffalo Soldiers on the Santa Fe Trail.  February – December, 2021:  Coronado Quivira Museum, 105 W. Lyon St., Lyons, KS.  Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Closed Sunday and Monday    

EXHIBIT: Paddle Wheel to Wagon Wheel; May 1 – December 31, 2021; Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitors Center, Arrow Rock, MO.  Displays of trade goods and supplies that would be included during the years of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.  Enjoy the history of the transport of the goods up the Missouri River by steamboat to Franklin, MO and then loaded onto wagons for the trek down the Trail.  Contact info: Mike Dickey, Site Superintendent, or Cindy Imhoff, Interpretive Resource Specialist at the site: 660-837-3330.  Arrow Rock State Historic Site | Missouri State Parks (

EXHIBIT: Through August 2022, Trails, Rails, and Highways: How Trade Transformed the Art of Spanish New Mexico.”  Since prehistoric times, trails have traversed the broad landscape of New Mexico. Native American trails of the 12th century and earlier connected Chaco Canyon to Casas Grandes (Mexico) and Cahokia Mounds (Illinois). In 1680 trails connected the Rio Grande pueblos and enabled their runners to carry secret codes coordinating the Pueblo Revolt. From 1598 to 1821, goods from Spain’s vast empire traveled over the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Royal Road to the Interior) from central Mexico to the remote northern frontier. Starting in 1821 the Santa Fe Trail brought American and Mexican merchants face to face. The Spanish Trail was forged in 1829, establishing the road from Santa Fe to the Pacific. In 1880, the railroad opened the door to tourists, health-seekers, anthropologists, artists, and writers. And with the completion of Route 66 in 1926, automobile tourism began to flourish. Today, ‘cyber’ trails bring the world to our fingertips.  This exhibition, will be on display until August 2022 at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 750 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87502-5378  (505) 982-2226 Admission charged.  Open 1 to 4:00 p.m. Thursdays – Saturday. Ticket Information at or visit: Trails, Rails, and Highways 

EXHIBIT/SPEAKERS:  Feb 2, 2021 - Jan 1, 2025: at History Colorado Center, Denver Colorado; Trinidad History Museum; and El Pueblo History Museum, Pueblo. Borderlands of Southern Colorado Exhibit and Speakers.
EXHIBIT:  July 9, 2021 – October 17, 2021; at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 Northeast 63rd St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111.  Mexico’s independence from Spain had continental repercussions for the Americas. Specifically in the United States, formerly American citizens who swore allegiance to Spain were now Mexican citizens. These impresarios eventually helped Mexico gain its independence, and due to the despotic rule of dictator Santa Anna, eventually revolted against Mexico. These series of events were critical to developing the American West. Using material culture and art objects from the museum’s collection this exhibition will focus on how Mexican independence influenced the American West, especially the evolution of the American cowboy.  For more information:

July 3, 2021:  2:00 p.m. -- American Legion Parade, Sterling, Kansas, with the theme “200 Years on the Santa Fe Trail!”     Parade route:  south on Broadway from Washington St. to Garfield St., Sterling, KS.  For more information: Linda Colle, 620-241-8719, email: 
July 10, 2021:  Corazon de los Caminos Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association Meeting, lunch and Program; 11 a.m. Historic at the St. Vrain Mill, Mora, NM.  Directions:  From Route 518 in Mora, turn north onto Route 434, the mill will be just ahead at the Mora River. Bring a chair.  From 11 to 11:45 AM we can explore the Mill and view the restoration work in progress. Then we will walk to Hatcha’s Restaurant for an on-your-own lunch.  After lunch we will return to the Mill and Merl Witt will tell us about the history of the Mill and the plans, progress, problems and goals related to the restoration of this historic mill built in 1864.  Following will be a talk about the effects on the Mora people of Ft. Union and its almost insatiable need for food for army personnel and their animals.  Special emphasis will be focused on the need for flour and the increase in local crop production and construction of mills.  Finally, we can visit the nearby historic cemetery. 

July 10-142021:  Rice County, KS 4-H Fair; Santa Fe Trail Theme, Celebration Centre, 1108 U.S. Highway 56, Lyons, KS

July 16-17, 2021: “Gunfight on the Santa Fe Trail,” Council Grove, KS. A weekend of family entertainment with vendors, old west reenactments, gunfight competition, art, poetry, trail "grub," and music provided by 3 Trails West and Diamond W Wranglers.  Events kick off July 16 at 9:00 a.m. at the Neosho River Walk Park with the legend himself, Mr. Buck Taylor (formerly known as Newly O'Brien on Gunsmoke) has scheduled a meet and greet 9-10 am, Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17 at the Neosho Riverwalk Amphitheater, Council Grove, KS.   Check out the SCHEDULE here.  For more information contact the Council Grove/Morris County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism at 620-767-5413; Fee charged.  Ticket Information

July 17, 2021: Historic Elgin Hotel Commemoration of the Santa Fe Trail, 6:30 p.m., 115 N. 3rd Street, Marion, KS 66861.  Spend the evening under the prairie sky enjoying music and stories of the Santa Fe Trail delivered by Flint Hills Fiddler, Derrick Doty, and Western educator and musician Jeff Davidson.  Savor a Santa Fe Trail chuck-wagon dinner featuring: Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, and Pulled Chicken; Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Green Beans; Apple and Cherry Cobbler with Ice Cream; Iced Tea & Water; A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $35/person. Reserve your seat now for the event only by calling 620-382-3200; OR, book a suite and your tickets by visiting:   
July 18 – 31, 2021: “Story Walk in the Park” Book:  Lewis and Papa: Adventure on the Santa Fe Trail by Barbara Joosse (pages of a story are posted through the park; participants read the story as they follow the “Story Walk”.) Story Walk hosted by the Moundridge Public Library and will be posted in the Moundridge City Park on Cole Street, 24/7 for two weeks.

July 19, 2021:  6:30 p.m. -- Adult Book Club - Land of Enchantment: Memoirs of Marian Russell Along the Santa Fe Trail.  Moundridge Public Library, 220 S. Christian Ave., Moundridge, KS  Library phone:  620-345-6355

July 22, 2021:  10:00 a.m.-- Junior Book Club - All the Stars in the Sky.  Moundridge Public Library, 220 S. Christian Ave., Moundridge, KS. Library phone:  620-345-6355   
July 23, 2021:  Eastern McPherson County & Marion County Santa Fe Trail Days at the McPherson Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson, KS. 

  • 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Reception with appetizers and dinner – tickets $25/person; Cash bar available.  For tickets, or more information: contact the McPherson Museum, 620-241-8464, email:,  
  • 7:00 p.m. Program by Dr. Leo E. Oliva: “What Did They Eat on the Santa Fe Trail?” The program is free and open to the public.

July 24, 2021: Santa Fe Trail Days in Galva, KS.  A printed “Trail Guide” will be available at the McPherson County Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson, KS.  Each of the 9 Eastern McPherson and Marion County Trail Stops will be staffed.  Use the “Trail Guide” to see all 9 stops in eastern McPherson County and Marion County. Acquire stamps at each location and have it verified at a staffed location when you are done to be entered into a drawing for a free meal at 56 Family Restaurant in Galva.  Specific events taking place during the day include:    
At the Galva Museum - 204 S. Main Galva, KS - 9:00 am-4:00 pm

  • Special display about the Santa Fe Trail
  • Kid-friendly KSHS traveling trunk about Trading on the Santa Fe Trail with Mrs. Ford 

At the 56 Family Restaurant - 220 E. U.S. Highway 56, Galva, KS; Open 6:00 am-8:00 pm

  • Beginning at 10:00 a.m. -- Teepee display and cooking by Tom and Tammy Nestor
  • See the special Santa Fe Trail mural created by Barb Bland on display inside the 56 Family Restaurant
  • Local musicians

At the Coffee Shed inside the Woodbury Market –305 E. U.S. Highway 56, Galva, KS – available for a charge:

  • Open for Breakfast at 7:00 am
  • Root Beer Floats, fresh squeezed lemonade, kettle corn 10:00 a.m. to  4:00 pm.  Lunch served from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

For more information: Linda Anderson, 620-654-6534. Email 

July 24, 2021: Santa Fe Trail Days Events at Running Turkey Creek, KS, a campsite on the Santa Fe Trail, 9:00 a. m. to 4:00 p.m. Located 1 mile east and 2 miles south of Galva, KS on 22nd Ave, just before Iron Horse Road.  Sponsored by the Galva Museum. For more information: Linda Anderson, 620-654-6534. Email or

  • Cheyenne Encampment – Keven Hiebert
  • Military Infantry Escort Camp – Rex and Dustin Abrahams, volunteers at Fort Larned National Historic Site
  • Women on the Santa Fe Trail & Fuller’s Ranch/Empire History – Emma Perera
  • Cherokee Trail Connection to the Santa Fe Trail – Brian Stucky
  • Fuller’s Ranch site, first white settlement in McPherson County, staked out
  • Empire Cemetery: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Located ½ mile south of events.  Early day settlers of Empire and Galva, KS – Don & Sandra Unruh

July 24, 2021: Santa Fe Trail Days Events in Canton, KS.  For more information: Kim Witt, 214-679-9018. Email: or

  • D.A.R. Santa Fe Trail Marker Photo Stop – 0.7 miles south of Canton on 27th Ave. or 0.3 miles north of Kiowa Road on 27th Ave.
  • Canton Township Carnegie Library – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m: Tales of the Trail and refreshments. 203 N. Main street, Canton, KS. 
  • Jones’ Cemetery and Ed Miller’s Grave- 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Reenactments of Ed Miller.  2 miles east of Canton, Kansas on Highway 56 and 1/2 mile north.
  • Santa Fe & Chisholm Trail Marker Photo Stop – 3 miles east of Canton on HWY 56, north 100 feet on 30th/Meridian.


July 24, 2021: Santa Fe Trail Days Events in Marion County, KS.  For more information: Kim Witt, 214-679-9018. Email: or

  • French Frank’s Trail Segment Historic Marker Photo Stop –  245th Road between Bison and Chisholm Trail Road.
  • French Frank’s Guided Walking Tours at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on 240th Road between Bison and Chisholm Trail Road; enter at the green gates and follow the lane north past the containers.

July 24-25, 2021:  Traditional Spanish Market on the Historic Santa Fe Plaza and surrounding streets. More information at: Spanish Market
August 2-7, 2021:  American Solar Challenge on the Santa Fe Trail.  The American Solar Challenge is a competition to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars in a cross-country time/distance rally event. Teams compete between multiple cities across the country. The event has had over two decades of organized events in North America.  In 2021, in observance of the Santa Fe Trail 200th the challenge will start in Independence, MO and end in Santa Fe, NM.  For more information, contact:  SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

August 7, 2021: Taos County Historical Society, Taos, NM presents:"Marie Felicite St. Vrain - Shedding Light on the Santa Fe Trail's 1839 Mysterious Female Traveler" 2:00 p.m. via ZOOM link.  Presented by Christine St. Vrain Fischahs as part of the Commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail.  Born in 1823, Marie Felicite St. Vrain was inducted into the Santa Fe Trail Association’s Hall of Fame in 2017 for her travels in 1839 along the mountainous route of the Santa Fe Trail, and she is considered one of the earliest known females to do so. Marie was also honored in 2020 with a Women in American History award from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.  Marie’s father, an Indian Agent murdered during the Black Hawk War in 1832, prompted favorite uncle Ceran St. Vrain to arrange her visit in 1839 at age 16 to Bent’s Fort, CO. Only mentioned briefly in two books, join Christine on a journey to learn more about this mysterious woman.  For more information contact Program Chair, Paul Figueroa, at (575) 779-8579 or email at

August 10, 2021 marks the 200th Anniversary of Missouri statehood. See for events and activities.

August 14, 2021: 10:00-4:00 p.m. Quivira Chapter of the SFTA presents: "Little Arkansas Rendezvous." Programs will focus on life on the Santa Fe Trail and will include:

  • Camp Grierson: Buffalo Soldiers Camp. See and hear about life on the Trail as a Buffalo Soldier.
  • Swanson’s Swales: Learn about how the wagons were hitched up and the work it took to make a river crossing
  • Fry Ruts: Experience Native American life along the Trail and the impact it had when the Trail travelers and Native Americans crossed paths. 
  • Learn about the Little Arkansas Ranch and the Stone Corral, trade stops on the Santa Fe Trail.
  • Have lunch along the Santa Fe Trail (bring a lunch or watch for more details about food purchasing options available.)


  • From the north: Follow the signs south on Plum/31st Avenue from Highway 56 (1 mile west of Windom, Ks)
  • From the south:  Go north from Hutchinson Kansas on Plum Street (31st Avenue) approximately 15 miles

Swanson’s Swales is ¾ miles north of Avenue P.  Camp Grierson is about 2/3 mile west on Avenue P.  Fry Ruts are 1/1/2 miles west on Avenue P. For more information: 620-241-8719,
e-mail: or

August 24, 2021 marks the 200th Anniversary of the Treaty of Cordoba which provided Mexican Independence from Spanish rule. For more information, see:

August 28-29, 2021: “Military on the Santa Fe Trail” -- Commemorating the 175th anniversary of the encampment of the Mormon Battalion, the 8th KS Volunteer Infantry and the Buffalo Soldiers that protected the Santa Fe Trail. Events to be held at Council Oak Park, Council Grove, KS.  For more information contact the Council Grove Chamber of Commerce at 620-767-5413 or  

August 28-292021: “Grillin' on the Trail BBQ Contest,” A sanctioned BBQ competition to be held near the Santa Fe Trail. Council Oak Park, Council Grove, KS. Details, Applications and Prizes to be announced.

August 28, 2021:  1:00 p.m. -- Empire Days at Galva, KSProgram: Infantry Soldier of the 1860s, presented by Rex Abrahams, volunteer at Fort Larned National Historic Site.  Program will be presented at the Galva Fire Station, 300 S. Main, Galva, KS.  For more information: 620-241-8719,
e-mail: or

August 28, 2021: Program at South Howard County Museum, Main Street, Franklin, MO.  Speaker Les Vilda will discuss his trip down the Santa Fe Trail with his pack-donkey in 1984, and his wagon trip in 1987. The public is invited. For more information contact: Marty Ferry or 660-537-0670.

September 1, 2021:  Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association:  To acknowledge the departure of William Becknell and companions, MRO will host a short program at the site of the SFTA markers at Franklin.  Day-long activities will be held at Arrow Rock, MO.  This will be a joint commemoration with Arrow Rock Missouri State Park (DNR) and Friends of Arrow Rock. The Arrow Rock Stock and Trading Company will do first person portrayals of the Becknell men. During the day and they will interact with attendees.  Lunch will be available at the Historic J Huston Tavern Luncheon seatings at 11:30 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. Reservations due by August 15, 2021 by calling 660-837-3200 or by email at:

  • 9:00 a.m.: At the site of Old Franklin, Steve Hart of the Arrow Rock Stock and Trading Company will portray William Becknell.
  • 10:30 a.m.: Rich Lawson will give a tour of the Arrow Rock and Todd's Ferry Landing Site.
  • 11:30 a.m.: First lunch shift served at the J. Huston Tavern, 305 Main St, Arrow Rock, MO.  Other visitors will hear Mike Dickey's presentation on Native American interaction with traders, the Osage Trace, etc.
  • 1:00 p.m.:  Second lunch shift at the J. Huston Tavern, 305 Main St, Arrow Rock, MO.  Other visitors will hear Mike Dickey's presentation on Native American interaction with traders, the Osage Trace, etc.
  • 2:00 p.m.: Visitors gather at the Museum, 39521 Visitor Center Drive, Arrow Rock, MO for a presentation by Rich Lawson about Arrow Rock/Todd’s Ferry Landing, followed by Dorris Keeven-Franke presenting a program on the Boonslick Road

For more information: Anne Mallinson  or Larry Short

September 3, 2021: BUS TOUR following Becknell’s Route from Arrow Rock to Fort Osage and beyond. Bus tour will leave from the National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific, Independence, MO at 9:00 a.m. and will return by 4:00 p.m. Cost is $45/person and includes a box lunch, maps, handouts and guided tour by Craig Crease and Ross Marshall. The tour is Sponsored by KCAHTA and Trails Head Chapter of OCTA. To make reservations for this tour please make your check payable to: Trails Head Chapter and mail to: Lila Aamodt, 5938 Reeds Rd #202, Mission, KS 66202. Questions/more information, contact: Ross Marshall at 913-685-8843 or email him at

September 3-6, 2021:  Santa-Cali-Gon Days, Independence, MO.  The Santa-Cali-Gon Days festival commemorates the origin of the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon trails traveled by adventurous pioneers during the country's westward expansion in the 1800s. First held in 1940, it is now one of the nation’s premier festivals and features arts & crafts booths, food and entertainment, all held around the historic Courthouse Square.  For more information:

September 4-5, 2021:  Santa Fe Trail 200th Commemoration at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage Street, Sibley, MO 64088 (Open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) Sponsored by Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the SFTA, Jackson County Parks & Rec and the Society of Friends of Fort Osage.  Throughout the Day:  American Mountain Men Association Reenactors and Arrow Rock Stock and Trade Company Reenactors.  Schedule of events each day: 
  • 11:00 a.m. – “George Sibley Back from the Past”-- (West Side of Factory Veranda)
  • 1:00 p.m. – “History of Fort Osage”-- (Education Center Auditorium)
  • 2:00 p.m.  Craig Crease: "Will the Real William Becknell Please Step Forward"-- (Education Center Auditorium)
  • 3:00 p.m. -- “George Sibley Back from the Past”-- (West Side of Factory Veranda)

Adults $8; Youth & seniors $4, (816) 229-8980 For more information

September 4, 2021:  10:00 a.m. “Madonna Trudge” in Council Grove, KS.  This annual event consists of a run/walk, and a Madonna “look-alike” short walk. Prizes will be awarded to winners including "most authentic" Madonna statue "look-alikes". Start and finish at the Madonna of the Trail Statue, Council Grove, KS. For more information, contact Jan at 303-775-5901.

September 10-11, 2021:  "Taking the Smoky Hill Trail to Santa Fe" Fort Wallace Museum Encampment and Mini-Symposium, Wallace, KS.  As the railroad moved westward in the 1860s and 1870s, the Smoky Hill Trail was incorporated into the route Santa Fe Trail. Living historians will set up on the museum grounds will highlight the trade that characterized end-of-the-track towns like Sheridan. Frank Norris and Mike Olson will be guest speakers on September 11. Follow the museum on Facebook or email for more information.

September 11, 2021: “Raytown’s Festival on the Trails” Community events to commemorate the Santa Fe Trail 200th in Raytown, MO.  Hosted by the Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, the Raytown Chamber of Commerce, the Raytown Historical Soc., the Raytown Parks Dept., the Rice-Tremonti House, and Cave Spring Association.  For more information, contact: or

September 17-18, 2021: Rendezvous at Council Grove including the “Voices of the Wind People Pageant,” Mountain Men Exposition, Antique Wagon Show, Blacksmith, Wheelwright, Non-motorized Parade, and participation of the Kaw Tribe.  For more information contact the Council Grove/Morris County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism at 620.767.5413 or  or on Facebook @voicesofthewindpeople  

September 18, 2021:  City of Burlingame, Santa Fe Trail Day to commemorate the Santa Fe Trail 200th.  Events will be held on Santa Fe Avenue in the heart of Burlingame, KS.   For more information, contact:  
Schedule of events throughout the day include:

  • 7 a.m.-9 a.m. Pancake feed 
  • 10 a.m. Beard contest and pie contest 
  • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm present three different activities and stagecoach
  • 11 a.m. Larry Short, President, Santa Fe Trail Association-- speaker
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. pioneer lunch at Schuyler Annex
  • 3 p.m. Parade
  • 4 p.m. Jim Hoy-- speaker
  • 5 p.m. Chuckwagon supper
  • 6 p.m. Appearance by Kenny Starr of Nashville accompanied by local band 
  • Throughout the day: children’s games, old time demonstrations, and musket loaders


September 18, 2021:  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m; Festival on the Trail; at The Trailside Center, 99th & Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO. There will be displays of trail worthy items, speakers, and music. For additional information contact the Trailside Center at 816-942-3581, or email:

September 18-19, 2021:  GRAND OPENING of the FIRST AMERICANS MUSEUM, 659 First Americans Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73129.  Scheduled for completion in September 2021, the 175,000 square foot museum will showcase state-of-the-art exhibitions in First American history, culture, and art; live public and educational programs; a full-service restaurant and an express café presenting unique Native inspired cuisine; and a museum store featuring authentic one-of-a-kind hand-made items or products by premiere First American artists. 405-594-2100

September 19, 2021:  Classical Piano Concert Honoring the Santa Fe Trail 200th.   2:00 p.m., Council Grove High School, 129 Hockaday St, Council Grove, KS 66846.  Admission:  $15.00.  Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski, professor of Music, Kansas State University, will present a concert with renditions of “Home on the Range,” Native American Music and classical music composed prior to 1868. 
September 22, 2021:  9:00 a.m., Santa Fe Trail Association Fall Board of Directors Meeting, Otero Community College, LaJunta, CO.  For more information, contact

September 22-26, 2021: Santa Fe Trail Association Symposium“The Santa Fe Trail Lives On: 200 Years of Commerce & Cultural Connections.”  Hosted by the Bent’s Fort Chapter and the Bent’s Fort National Historic Site.  Events will be held in La Junta, CO & at Bent’s Old Fort NHS and will include speakers, tours, and living history.  For more information, visit:

September 25-26, 2021:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Santa Fe Trail Events, including Fair on the Square,” Courthouse Square, Lyons, KS; Bike Ride, Horse Ride --time/ location TBD; Sunset at Gunsight Notch; and Dedication of Plum Buttes Massacre Memorial—Supper in the Ruts at Ralph’s Ruts, West of Chase, KS on 4th road, ¾ miles north of Highway 56.  For more information: Linda Colle, 620-241-8719, e-mail: or

EXHIBIT—Fall 2021:  at Coronado Quivira Museum, 105 W. Lyon St., Lyons, KS.  An Interactive Digital Tour Experience will guide an audience through the 35 miles of the Santa Fe Trail sites in Rice County, Kansas at the Coronado Quivira Museum and on the museum’s website at   Coronado Quivira Museum, 105 W. Lyon St., Lyons, KS.  Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Closed Sunday and Monday.  For more information:

September 27 – October 3, 2021:  Trinidad, CO/Raton, NM:  Regional Santa Fe Trail Commemorative Events.  Events are currently being planned and will include: Sept. 27-30 - Tours along the Trail:  East to Timpas/South to Raton Pass/ Baca House and Santa Fe Trail Museum and DAR Marker at Kit Carson Park; Oct 1-3 - Events on the Santa Fe Trail -Downtown Trinidad- Speakers, reenactments, theatre productions, cultural music/dancers, Buffalo Soldiers, youth educational activities and period demonstrations, all representing the cultures and historical aspects of the Santa Fe Trail. 
For more information:

October 2-3, 2021:  Maxwell Wildlife Refuge – Mountain Man Rendezvous; 2565 Pueblo Road, Canton, KS.  For more information:  620-654-7230

October 15-17, 2021:  Smoky Hill Trail Association Conference, Abilene, KS.
Visit  for more information or contact Pres. Ken Cole at:

October 17, 2021:  2:00 p.m. -- Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association presents a program by Robert Yarmer, “Tales from the Trail and the Beyond” at the Ellinwood Senior Center, 103 N. Main St., Ellinwood, KS.  For more information: Linda Colle, 620-241-8719, e-mail: or

November 12-14, 2021: Commemoration of the meeting of Becknell & Gallegos near Las Vegas, NM.  The Corazón de los Caminos Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association and the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation will join together to present programs to commemorate the meeting of Becknell & Gallegos near Las Vegas, NM.  Events will also take place in Santa Fe, NM presented by the End of the Trail Chapter-SFTA. For more information, or 505- 426-8958.
Schedule of Events: 
Friday, November 12, 2021 – Las Vegas, NM

  • 8:00 a.m. Registration On-site: Plaza Hotel  
  • 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks: Rudy Laumbach, President Las Vegas Citizens Committee Preservation, Camino de Corazon – SFTA. 
  • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Speaker Presentation:  Henrietta Martinez Christmas
  • 10:30 a.m.  Coffee break
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Speaker Presentation: Christine St. Vrain-Fischahs
  • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Catered Lunch in the Plaza Hotel Ballroom 
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Speaker Presentation:  Robert Tórrez
  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Speaker Presentation: Frances Levine
  • 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Speaker Presentation:  James Abreu
  • 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Cocktail hour, cash bar followed by dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. Entertainment: Rob Martinez

Saturday, November 13, 2021 – Las Vegas, NM to Santa Fe, NM

  • 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. New Mexico Society Of Daughters of the American Revolution (NMSODAR ) Recognition, Las Vegas, NM, Plaza
  • 10:00 a.m.  NMSODAR Recognition, Kearny Gap, site of meeting between Becknell and Gallegos

End of the Trail Chapter Activities:

  • 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. En route to Glorieta, visit Private Museum 
  • 3:00 p.m.  James Riding In will present, “Indians on the Santa Fe Trail,” St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM.
  • 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Buffalo Dinner at the La Fonda Hotel

Sunday, November 14, 2021 – Santa Fe, NM

  • 10:00 a.m.  La Llegada ~ The Arrival ~ Governor Melgares greets Becknell, arriving on horseback, at the Santa Fe Plaza.  Dr. Tom Chavez will portray Gov. Melgares and Jeff Hengesbach will portray American trader, William Becknell 
  • Late Morning – NMSODAR – Recognition of the Santa Fe Plaza Marker

For more information, Pam Najdowski, 505-920-4970; or Joy Poole, 505-660-1845
EXHIBIT:  Santa Fe Trail; November 13, 2021 – May 8, 2022; at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 Northeast 63rd St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111.  Using material culture and art objects from the museum’s collection this exhibition will recognize the bicentennial of this most important National Heritage Trail and explore its role in connecting Mexico with the United States, its place in the Texas Revolution and the Mexican War and how these events shaped the history of the American West from Central America to western Canada. After opening trade between Missouri and Santa Fe, Nuevo Mexico, the Santa Fe Trail became a superhighway carrying goods both ways and directly affecting cultures in both countries, especially with Native peoples in the territories west of Missouri. For more information:

November 13, 2021: “On the Trail to Your Ancestors!”  1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Old Mill Museum, 120 E. Mill Street, Lindsborg, KS. Learn how to research your ancestors that traveled on the Santa Fe Trail.  For more information: 620-241-8719, e-mail: or

November 16, 2021 marks the 200th Anniversary of the arrival of William Becknell and his trading party in Santa Fe. 

~2022 Events~

January 302022:  Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association meeting and luncheon in Boonville, MO commemorating the return of Becknell from Santa Fe.  Contact for more information: or

April 1-2, 2022:  9:00 a.m. – SFTA Spring Workshop & Board of Directors Meeting.  The Workshop will focus on development of a new Strategic Plan for SFTA.

May 22, 2022:  Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association meeting and luncheon in Arrow Rock, MO commemorating Becknell’s second journey to Santa Fe (with 3 wagons).  Contact for more information: or

September 22, 2022: 9:00 a.m. SFTA Fall Board of Directors Meeting.

September 22-24, 2022: RENDEZVOUS 2022, Larned, KS.  “Youth on the Santa Fe Trail” will be the theme.
~2023 Events~

April 14-15, 2023:  Spring Workshop & Board Meeting.  Location TBD.

2023 SFTA Symposium:  Tentative dates Sept. 20 or 21-23 OR Sept. 27 or 28-30.  Will be held in Kansas City area and hosted by the Missouri River Outfitters Chapter.

~2024 Events~

April 12-13, 2024:  SFTA Spring Workshop & Board Meeting; location to be determined

Sept. 26-28, 2024:  SFTA Fall Board Meeting & RENDEZVOUS, Larned, KS
1824 – 2024:  200th anniversary of Wm.  Becknell’s third, and final trip to Santa Fe, when Becknell joined with Augustus Storrs and M. M. Marmaduke, both of whom were to become major factors in the trade with the southwest. This was the first large wagon train to trade with Santa Fe. It consisted of 25 wagons and carts, 81 men, 150 to 200 horses and mules and $30,000.00 in trade goods. The expedition returned with $180,000.00 in coins, and $10,000.00 in fur pelts.

~2025 Events~

March 28-29, 2025:  SFTA Spring Workshop & Board Meeting, location to be determined.

Sept. 24-27, 2025:  SFTA Fall Board Meeting & Symposium, location to be determined.  200th anniversary of the Sibley Survey, the Treaties with the Kaw and the Osage, and the First Mexican Traders travel the Santa Fe Trail to the east.

Our Mission
The mission of the Santa Fe Trail Association is to protect and preserve the Santa Fe Trail and to promote awareness of the historical legacy associated with it.  The Santa Fe Trail Association’s purposes are exclusively charitable and educational within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.